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The Peter Rabbit™ Adventure

100 acres of family fun with Peter and friends

100 acres of family fun with Peter and friends

Hop, skip and jump over to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens this summer to experience a special Peter Rabbit™ Adventure.

Experience a Magical Garden Trail

See Beatrix Potter’s beloved characters brought to life for the first time at Northern Ireland’s royal residence. Let your imagination roam as you follow a trail through meandering waterways, forests perfect for climbing in, and a walled garden with gardeners much friendlier than Mr McGregor!

As you explore, keep your eyes peeled for our very own wildlife, and get stuck into family-friendly activities celebrating the great outdoors. On Saturdays, you may even be able to catch a glimpse of Peter Rabbit himself and get a special photo!

When

29 June - 01 September 2024

In line with gardens opening hours

Ticket Information

Members and kids* go free.

Tickets on sale soon.


Included in gardens admission (members go free)

Kids Go Free*

Throughout the summer holidays, we’re giving you the special gift of free tickets for all children. What better way to make cherished memories with loved ones this summer?

Whether you’re a lifelong fan of Beatrix Potter or discovering the magic for the first time, The Peter Rabbit™ Adventure will be an unforgettable experience for all ages.

*See terms and conditions

A child watching a Greylag goose from a park bench on the Imaginary Menagerie trail. (The foot of another child is just caught on the right of the frame.)

The Imaginary Menagerie is a play trail throughout the Castle's gardens. Opened in June 2021, it takes visitors on an adventure course that includes a series of sculptures celebrating the pets and wildlife animals that have made Hillsborough their home.  

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Make the most of your visit

Looking for a full day out? Reward all your exploring with a delicious treat from our café, or enjoy a healthy lunch including seasonal vegetables grown in our gardens.

Upgrade your ticket to include entry to the castle and explore inside Northern Ireland’s royal residence. See the Throne Room still used today, as well as the fascinating exhibition Life Through A Royal Lens featuring photos from Rankin, Cecil Beaton, Annie Leibovtiz and more.

Young child exploring the meadow, standing amongst the flowers.

Become a member

Love making memories with your family? Become a member today and receive free and unlimited access to Northern Ireland’s famous castle and gardens. Access a range of benefits and unmissable events, including summer fairs, spooky Halloween scarecrow parades and Easter hunts.

Secure a full year of unlimited family fun at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens starting from £70 with Direct Debit – less than £6 per month!

 

A woman and her two children enjoy the gardens of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens on a bright sunny day.
Family exploring the Glen.
The Barefoot Walk, showing a family (two adults and two children) seated around the nature touch-table and examining the different natural textures laid out (for example, pine cones, lichen, sticks, pebbles). Part of the Imaginary Menagerie Kingfisher Trail.   

The Imaginary Menagerie is a play trail throughout the Castle's gardens. Opened in June 2021, it takes visitors on an adventure course that includes a series of sculptures celebrating the pets and wildlife animals that have made Hillsborough their home.  

[See also: asset no.53796 for the Booklet guide].
A family of a mother, dad and two children in the cafe courtyard of the Weston Pavilion (visitor centre) at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

*Kids Go Free Terms and Conditions

  • Valid 29 June to 01 September 2024, excluding 24-26 August.
  • 3 free child gardens tickets (5-15 years of age) for each full priced adult ticket, or with each individual or joint member visit (under 5s receive free access to Hillsborough Castle and Garden all year round, separate to this offer).
  • Free tickets are for the gardens only, not for castle visits.
  • The offer isn’t valid with concession tickets.
  • The offer isn’t valid with any other promotions or offers, including £1 universal credit tickets.

^Membership available on annual subscription only.

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  • Things to see
  • Families

The Imaginary Menagerie

Enjoy a day out discovering our interactive play trail - the Imaginary Menagerie.

  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
Learn more
  • Events
  • Families
  • Things to see

May Day Weekend

Celebrate the bank holiday weekend with music, crafts and more.

  • 04 - 06 May 2024
  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in gardens admission (members go free)
Learn more
  • Events
  • Families

Hillsborough Castle Summer Fair

Enjoy food, crafts and summer tunes this August bank holiday weekend.

  • 24 - 26 August 2024
  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
Hillsborough Castle Summer Fair

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